Mitch McConnell: Trump ‘Lynching’ Remark Was ‘Unfortunate,’ But Impeachment Probe Is ‘Unfair’

US Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), speaks during a press conference with other Republican leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday said President Donald Trump comparing the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry to “a lynching” was “unfortunate.”

“Given the history in our country, I would not compare this to a lynching. That was an unfortunate choice of words,” McConnell told reporters during a press conference, but added that he shared the president’s view that the House Democrats’ impeachment probe is deeply flawed.

“It is an unfair process,” he added. “A better way to characterize it would be to call it an unfair process and inconsistent with the kinds of procedural safeguards that are routinely provided for people in this situation, either in court or in an impeachment process in our country.”

Earlier Tuesday, President Trump labeled the impeachment inquiry as a “lynching,” stating that the probe has no legal basis.

“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” the president tweeted. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Democrats raced to condemn the president’s remark, branding it “despicable and disgusting,” while accusing him of being a “white supremacist.”

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution. Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent,” tweeted former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential frontrunner Joe Biden. “It’s despicable.”

“Lynching is a reprehensible stain on this nation’s history, as is this President,” stated fellow White House hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “We’ll never erase the pain and trauma of lynching, and to invoke that torture to whitewash your own corruption is disgraceful.”

Flailing presidential candidate and former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke tweeted, “The legacy of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, and suppression is alive and well in every part of this country—including in the White House where the president is a white supremacist.”

“Lynching is an act of terror used to uphold white supremacy. Try again,” added another White House contender Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).


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